For dates of service on or after September 1, 2005, the fee for clinical laboratory travel code P9603 is $0.935 per mile and for code P9604 is $9.35 per flat rate trip basis. The clinical laboratory travel codes are billable only for traveling to perform a specimen collection for either a nursing home or homebound patient.
The standard mileage rate for transportation costs was increased by the Federal Governmentâ€™s Treasury Department to 48.5 cents a mile effective September 1, 2005 and this increase is incorporated into the fees for travel codes P9603 and P9604.
Effective January 01, 2006, the Federal Governmentâ€˜s Treasury Department will decrease the standard mileage rate for transportation costs from 48.5 cents a mile to 44.5 cents a mile. The reimbursement rates for P9603 and P9604 are expected to decrease to $0.895 per mile and $8.95 per flat rate trip basis respectively.